Image courtesy: Creative Loafing Atlanta
You may have heard on the news about the snow and ice storm that has paralyzed much of the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area for the last four days. Parts of the southern city, which is ill-equipped to deal with this level of winter weather, remain shut down. While northern roots make me a bit more seasoned to these conditions, this is easily the worst snow and ice storm I've experienced in my five and a half years here.
Angela Morgan, a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital, couldn't take a snow day, as babies will be born regardless of weather. Recognizing that her skills and services were essential, the Georgia National Guard stepped in to help Nurse Morgan get out of her neighborhood and into the downtown Atlanta hospital.
Spc. Joshua Blevins and Staff Sgt. Wilbur Bourque, both with the Georgia National Guard's 178th Military Police Company, spent several hours picking up hospital employees and bringing them to work so they could save lives. In Nurse Morgan's case, the Soldiers helped her bring new lives into the world.
"I'm so thankful that the National Guard came and picked me up because there's no way I could have made it into Grady," she said.
From the snowy streets of Georgia to the snowy mountains of Afghanistan, the National Guard is making a difference. Hopefully, the parents of the babies Angela Morgan helped deliver know who helped their nurse get to work.
Video courtesy: Staff Sgt. Gerard Brown
Note: Special thanks to Capt. Natasha English for alerting me to this story.